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English: Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing and Literary Translation

The MFA program has four tracks: poetry writing, fiction writing, playwriting, and literary translation. The course of study centers on writing workshop classes in which faculty lead students in critiques of one another’s writing. Students take three workshops in their own genre, and a crossover workshop in another genre, and they take two craft classes, one in their own genre and one in another genre. They also take a course in critical theory and literature electives that help them to develop a critical vocabulary and a knowledge of various literary and cultural periods and traditions. The faculty will provide intensive discussion and supervision of student work. The program is committed to the integration of creative writing and literary studies.

Requirements for Matriculation 


These requirements are in addition to the general requirements for matriculation.​​
1. A minimum average grade of B in all undergraduate work and in all English courses.
2. Three satisfactory letters of recommendation, preferably from writers and teachers of writing, addressing the candidate’s academic proficiency and writing skills.
3. A 500-word statement of interest.
4. Candidates should submit a writing sample: either 10 pages of poetry, 25 pages of prose, or two one-acts or a full-length play to the Graduate Advisor, English Department, Klapper Hall, Room 607, by the application deadline.
5. For the translation track, candidates should demonstrate an appropriate level of fluency in a language besides English and submit previously translated work (5-10 pages) as their writing sample.

Fulfillment of these requirements does not guarantee admission; it simply makes a student eligible for consideration.


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 Admissions at a Glance

Fall Deadline February 15
Fall Extended DeadlineN/A
Spring DeadlineFall only 
Spring Extended DeadlineN/A

Letters of Reference3
Essay  500 Words

Accepts Non-MatricNo

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